Ocho Rios Weather January Averages, Jamaica
What's the weather like in Ocho Rios in January
Falling within the 'drier-seasons' of the year, January sees plenty of sunshine and minimal rain. Coincidently, tourist numbers in Ocho Rios steadily increase as the month progresses, with visitors electing to make the most of the sun-drenched coast line and marginally cooler average temperatures.
Whilst being relatively dry as compared to the majority of other months, January is the coolest month of the year achieving an average temperature of 26C.
Throughout the month, expect average high temperatures of 29C and average lows of 23C. These temperatures can be expected at midday and pre-dawn, respectively. Overall, there is negligible change in the daily average temperature throughout the month, and there is no preference for an ideal time to visit Ocho Rios based exclusively on temperature. Should you prefer to visit Ocho Rios during the driest time of January, be advised the driest season of the year is the following month, February. Therefore, for the driest part of January, consider visiting the resort towards the end of the month. To be sure, check the 14-day forecast which will give a clear indication of what is to be expected.
Sunshine Hours and Rainfall
With few clouds, rain is also minimal during the month, with 31mm expected to fall during an average 8 rain days. Perfect conditions to break out the bikinis/board shorts and spend the day making the most of the sun, which on average is 8 sunshine hours per day and a more-likely-than-not 62% chance of a sunny day perfect for a winter getaway!
Sea temperatures in Ocho Rio are fairly consistent year-long. Expect an average sea temperature of 27C during the month, consistent with sea temperatures throughout the January to April period. This average sea temperature is slightly cooler as compared to the rest of the year. The cooler ocean temperatures will offer some relief from the warmer air temperatures, also offering many ocean bathers the luxury of remaining in or by the water for hours on end without feeling cold.
Whilst on the beach, with a 16% chance of a windy day, odds are that you will be able to spend your day without fear of your umbrella or towels being blown away or having sand blown in your direction.
Ocho Rios Hotels for January
Located within walking distance of Ocho Rios' busy shopping and nightlife scene, Rooms on the Beach is a 97-room hotel that provides excellent value for money. The hotel boasts a restaurant and bars, gym, internet café and swimming pool for guest use. Room options include ocean view, junior suites and family sized rooms. In room amenities include: TV, Tea/Coffee facilities, Telephone, Internet access and room safes. The hotel is beachfront and so provides fast and easy access to those hoping to spend the day on the beach, which is expected with the perfect beach weather experienced in January.
If you prefer to have access to a private beach, Shaw Park Beach Hotel & Spa has its own private stretch of paradise in Cutlass Bay. An all-inclusive resort, Shaw Park caters to guests seeking "fine dining and peaceful relaxation in a refined atmosphere". 94 oceanfront guestrooms are available, each featuring a private balcony overlooking the Caribbean Ocean. Guests are provided with Air Conditioning, TV, Iron and Ironing Board, Telephone and in-room safe. Room options range in size, with bed options including full-double or king size. The hotel also offers guests free, unlimited use of non-motorized sea vehicles and also Jet Ski hire on-site.
Sandals Royal Plantation Resort is an intimate all-butler resort, featuring 74 ocean view suites. Sandals Royal Plantation caters to the elite traveller who is looking for seclusion and luxury in a single package. As part of the package, guests are treated to (unlimited/inclusive) fine dining at 5 restaurants, premium brand drinks, land and water sports (including scuba diving), golf, airport transfers and Wi-Fi. You are also assigned a personal butler for the duration of your stay. The most basic room (Orchid Oceanfront Butler Suite) features amenities including: 24-Hour Room service, Air Conditioning, TV, In-room bar, Tub, king size bed, Tea/coffee, in room safe and a pillow menu.
Ocho Rios Beaches for January
A trip to Ocho Rios is not complete without visiting Ocho Rios Bay Beach, also called 'Turtle Beach'. In the heart of Ocho Rios, you'll find a 500m stretch of white sand, crystal clear waters and first class views of the Caribbean. The beach is a popular area for tourists not only because of its natural beauty, but also because of the wide range of amenities that are all close by, including; Sunbeds and umbrellas (you'll need and appreciate these with the amount of sun you will be exposed to!), water sports (motorized and non-motorized) plus a selection of takeaway food and drink options.
Bars and Restaurants
Jamaica has a rich history in food, with the national dish being 'Jerk'. Not one for the vegetarians; Jerk is a meat (usually pork or chicken) dry rubbed or marinated with a mixture of spices and then smoked/grilled in an oven usually made from a drum. The one stop shop for some of the best Jerk in Ocho Rios, The Ocho Rios Jerk Centre is a casual, open air restaurant. A different selection of meats is available here including fish for those who might prefer seafood.
If you prefer a little fusion dining before delving straight into the traditional dishes, consider stopping by at Evita's Italian Restaurant. A menu that is defined as being 'Jam-Italian', or Jamaican-Italian fusion, Evita's has been a popular restaurant for locals and visitors alike since 1984. Pasta, seafood, vegetarian, and traditional Jamaican cuisine can be complimented with a large selection of cocktails.
Things to do in Ocho Rios in January
Make the most of the sunny weather and do some outdoor exploring at the Shaw Park Gardens. A beautiful botanical garden spread out over 25 acres, and boasting 600 species of plants and an impressive waterfall.
A popular attraction at this time of year is Dunns River Falls and Park. A series of waterfalls with crystal clear water flowing over layers of stone steps. You can access the 600 foot fall by climbing through the cascading water to the top this is not for the fainthearted, and the less brave visitors are welcome to stay at the lower levels of the falls. A perfect way to escape the midday heat, as the river water is usually much cooler then air temperature. Beware the steps up the fall can be slippery, so some caution is advised.
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